I finished my progress book for Madoka Kaname yesterday and one of my international cosplay friends had never seen one before. In the UK they’re quite common now to go with competitions; most major competitions (including both European Cosplay Gathering and World Cosplay Summit qualifiers) now require a progress book, and some smaller regional events now request them too. I think they’re a great little momento for cosplayers to make and keep, especially for bigger costume projects. Most events will give you your books back so it’s a nice keepsake and chronicle of how you made your costume.
So with competition season coming up quickly I figured I’d share some advice for anyone to make a progress book!
My first progress book was made for Eiko Carol, the costume I qualified for WCS with. I had great fun making this one and it was very well received by the judges (excuse the terrible handwriting)!